Finally it´s vacation time in Berlin. To celebrate that, here are a bunch of records with a vacation theme, at least sleeve-wise. Everybody`s going to the South so I´d like to take the freedom to go East.
Boguslaw Wyrobek (1937-1997) was one of the first Polish Rock´n´Roll singers starting his career in 1958. That said the songs you are about to hear are very funny Rock´n´Roll. You think you have heard primitive Rock´n´Roll, well, this is reeeally primitive. At least I have never heard Jailhouse Rock sung this way. Listen how Boguslaw is fighting with the English lyrics while trying to rock his Polish soul out.
At least Poland had Rock´n´Roll in the 50´s and recorded it, unlike many other Communist countries like East-Germany, Romania and Russia.
But don´t get me wrong, all of Boguslaw Wyrobek´s songs are great! They make me laugh and they make me dance. And that´s the best kinda Rock´n´Roll I can imagine…
OSTBERLIN BEATET BESSERES posted the advertisement record Klingende Post No.11 from 1959 a couple of days ago. The record he bought was from a record store that had been in his neighborhood in the Eastern part of Berlin some 50 years ago.Last year I found a bunch of these Klingende Post records in my favorite next-door thrift-store.They were from a record-store that was operating in the late 50`s and 60`s, just two blocks from where I live in the Western part of Berlin.Today I went to look where the store had once been and made these photos. The name of the record-store (or probably radio-store with small record-bar) was “Musik Wiebach” in the Gneisenaustrasse 18. There is a cafè in that spot today, that belongs to the live-music club “Junction-Bar”. So at least the music didn`t leave the building completely…
Klingende Post records were published by Teldec to promote Telefunken, Decca, RCA and London records. They were distributed to record-stores, sometimes with the stores logo printed on the label, and given to customers for free.
I had wanted to do something with these advertisement records when I bought them last year. I like the simple design of these records and seeing the one on OSTBERLIN BEATET BESSERES kind of inspired me. By the way, the great German Rock`n`Roller Elvis Pummel has recently used a Klingende Post design for one of his record sleeves. So I guss it`s not entirely uncool to dig them…
Once I scanned the sleeves and recorded the music I realized, why I had not done it right away: most of the music on these records is dead boring and the speakers are only amusing if you speak German and also have a weak spot for silly and square German 50`s/60`s mainstream kitsch.
But there is some good stuff on these records, so I recorded short versions of what I thought were the stronger songs and some dialogue. I also left the full sides for those of you who are a little more adventurous.
The first short piece has the Swedish singer Ria Solar singing in German: “Irgendwas muss heute noch passieren”(Something has got to happen today) and then Elvis is doing “Teddy Bear” plus some introductions in German.
1. WILLIAM GREIS, Calypso Italiano
2. LYS ASSIA, Mi Casa su Casa
3. ORCHESTER ROBINO, I’ll See you In My Dreams
4. DIE HEIMATSÄNGER, Köhlerliesel
5. VICO TORRIANI, Ein echter Italiano
6. HARRY BELAFONTE, Mathilda
7. CHRISTA WILLIAMS, Oh diese Männer
8. ORCHESTER BELA SANDERS, Dream Lover
1. WILL GLAHÈ, Bretzel Walzer
2. RIA SOLAR, Irgendwas müsste heute noch passieren
3. GITTA LIND, Fahr mit mir in die Ferne
4. ELVIS PRESLEY, Teddy Bear
5. Das Schmugglerkind
6. GESCHWISTER KARNER, Karwendellied
7. TONI WELLER, Jeden Morgen
8. MANOLITA, Das ist amore
Short Version: KLINGENDE POST NR.9, Ria Solar, Elvis Presley, 1957
KLINGENDE POST NR.9, 1.Teil, 1957
KLINGENDE POST NR.9, 2.Teil, 1957
1.FLOYD CRAMER, Chattanooga Choo Choo
3.GERD BÖTTCHER, Geld wie Heu
4.ANGELINA MONTI, Ein süßes Tangolied
5.JACK ROSS, Happy Jose (Ching-Ching)
6.JOHN LAMERS, Good-Bye, Mariann
7.PEGGY BROWN, Das Lexikon d`Amour
PIRKO MANOLA/WYN HOOP, Mama will dich sehn
1.HANK LOCKLIN, Happy Journey
2.ENST MOSCH, Für unser England
3.DIE WAIKIKIS, Hawaii Tattoo
4.ELVIS PRESLEY, No More (La Paloma)
5.GERD BÖTTCHER/DETLEF ENGEL, Rock-A-Hula-Baby
6.PAUL ANKA, Love Me Warm And Tender
7.CATERINA VALENTE, Weiße Möwe flieg in die Ferne
8.VICO TORRIANI, Der Hafen-Casanova
On the sleeve a teenager (I`m guessing) wrote down with a pencil, which of her friends had which records (and would probably bring them to the Party!) Anne: Just like Eddie, Vera: Sweets For My Sweets & It`s all a Game, Marlis: Twist and Shout.
I bet they played the hell out of those few records they had. No downloading for a mp3-party back then!
DIE WAIKIKIS, Der dritte Mann auf Hawaii
GERD BÖTTCHER, Meine Braut, die kann das besser
ELVIS PRESLEY, Kiss Me Quick
WERNER MÜLLER, Speedy Gonzales
KLINGENDE POST I/ Die Waikikis, Gerd Böttcher, Elvis, Werner Müller, 1963
Billy Vaughn was one of the most famous American orchestra leaders of the 50s and 60s and was especially successful in Germany. I still see his 1961 hit-record “Wheels” in every Thrift-store that i go to.
Ole Jensen was born October 9th 1924 in Berlin. The introduction to his 1965 book “Kopf des Tages, Kopf der Woche, Köpfe der Zeit” was written by his friend and Colleague H.J.Stenzel (see my second post ). Just like Stenzel, Jensen is pretty much forgotten today, even among contemporary Berlin cartoonists, but was fairly popular in the late 50s to mid-60s. He appeared regularly on local Berlin TV doing high-speed sketches.
Just like me today, these guys were in their late 30s to early 40s, but had been raised in Nazi Germany, had been to war and were now shaping or echoing the German sense of humour of the post war time. ( Ein kleiner Text von mir über Billy Vaughn und Ole Jensen, erschien am 23. Juli 2009 in der Wochenzeitung Jungle World, zu lesen hier. )
BILLY VAUGHN,Humoresque Boogie